urcu: add quick start guide to README
authorPierre-Marc Fournier <pierre-marc.fournier@polymtl.ca>
Fri, 19 Jun 2009 20:51:23 +0000 (16:51 -0400)
committerMathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@polymtl.ca>
Fri, 19 Jun 2009 20:51:23 +0000 (16:51 -0400)
Signed-off-by: Pierre-Marc Fournier <pierre-marc.fournier@polymtl.ca>
Signed-off-by: Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@polymtl.ca>
README

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-build instructions for userspace-rcu library :
+Userspace RCU Implementatation
+by Mathieu Desnoyers and Paul E. McKenney
 
-make
-make install
+BUILDING
+--------
 
-Usage :
+       make
+       make install
+       
 
-Registration of _each thread_ calling read-side critical sections must be done
-with rcu_register_thread() before using rcu_read_lock()/rcu_read_unlock().
+QUICK START GUIDE
+-----------------
 
-Unregistration should be performed with rcu_unregister_thread() before exiting
-the thread.
+Initialization
+
+       Each thread that has reader critical sections (that uses
+       rcu_read_lock()/rcu_read_unlock() must first register to the URCU
+       library. This is done by calling rcu_register_thread().
+
+Reading
+
+       Reader critical sections must be protected by locating them between
+       calls to rcu_read_lock() and rcu_read_unlock(). Inside that lock,
+       rcu_dereference() may be called to read an RCU protected pointer.
+
+Writing
+
+       rcu_assign_pointer() and rcu_xchg_pointer() may be called anywhere.
+       After, synchronize_rcu() must be called. When it returns, the old values
+       are not in usage anymore.
+
+
+Usage of DEBUG_FULL_MB
+
+       DEBUG_FULL_MB uses full SMP barriers for readers. This eliminates the
+       need for signals but results in slower reads.
+
+
+Usage of DEBUG_YIELD
+
+       DEBUG_YIELD is used to add random delays in the code for testing
+       purposes.
 
-     Mathieu Desnoyers
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